In case you're unaware, Youngstown State University just dropped one of the most fundamental majors contributing to the education of our culture and heritage: Italian and Italian Education. I cannot begin to fathom that they would cut this when Youngstown was once thriving with 20-30,000 Italian immigrants in Briar Hill. Italians contributed to mak...

Scuola Marco Polo is open to all children who want to discover Italian and Italy. “Italians from Italy,” said the school’s president, Agnese Abate. “Italian descendants. Italian lovers.” The school – which on scuolamarcopolo. org calls itself “a safe space to learn and live the Italian language and culture in a vibrant community for kids and adults...

As Italian Heritage Month wraps up, we’re taking a close look at what some families are doing to not only carry on Italian culture, but the language. CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis spoke with those holding onto the heritage at home. Speaking Italian over breakfast is the norm for the Inghirami family. At just 13 years old, Sofia Inghirami is fluent in two...

My grandparents have nostalgic memories of the days when Romans spoke their true vernacular tongue, called Romanesco – which has nothing to do with the vulgar slang tourists pick up while wandering the capital. That’s Romanaccio, with the final ‘accio’ indicating something denigratory.  Romanesco was the lyrical language of great poets such as Tril...

Ciao is one of the words we Italians use more often in a day, and is probably the most famous Italian word abroad (well, after pizza).  And yet, the origins of the word ‘ciao’ have nothing to do with familiarity as we use it today to greet someone we know well. Ciao derives from an ancient Venetian greeting, ’s'ciavo,’ that is ‘slave’ (implied: you...

The United States has historically been an interesting context for the study of bilingualism. After the two migratory processes of 1880-1927 and 1950-1970, the Italian American community is composite and stratified on a socio-cultural and linguistic level; for the third or fourth generation of descendants born in the USA, knowledge of Italian is of...

Today, I’d like to talk about the use of the word allora. It’s a pretty common word in Italian and you’ll often hear Italian native speakers use it; however, if you are studying Italian, it can be pretty tricky to understand how and when to use it. I hope I can bring you a few examples that will make you confident enough to try to use it yourself!...

The ICC is looking for a part-time Director of the Youth School. The program offers Italian language courses to children from 3 to 17 years. Requirements: University degree in Language Education, native speaker of Italian or equivalent (C1-CEFR), experience in teaching Italian as L2 to children and teenagers. Please send your resume to info@theital...

When: Saturday October 23rd from 4:00 to 6:00pm - Where: Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 The 21st edition of the Week of the Italian Language in the World is dedicated to Dante Alighieri, often considered the “Father of the Italian Language.” Dante, who wrote the Divine Comedy in the vernacular rather than L...

Anyhow, if Many Saints really put you in a nostalgic mood, you may want to visit St. Lucy’s parish in Newark from October 15-17, for its annual festival in celebration of St. Gerard. The festival, now in its 122nd year, inspired the season six Sopranos episode “The Ride,” equal parts hilarious and horrifying, mainly because Tony Sirico’s Paulie Wal...